I was elected Lake County Sheriff in 2002 and I took my oath of office on January 1, 2003. I is the only elected Sheriff of Lake County with a Juris Doctorate and only one of seven nationwide. My experience in law enforcement first as an Indiana State Trooper, Public Defender, and Deputy Prosecutor prepared me well for the challenges and duties of a Sheriff. At the Indiana State Police Academy I was awarded the Donald Flint Award for being first in his class. My short stint as a steelworker at Inland Steel as an Apprentice Millwright equipped him for the challenges in college earning my Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Indiana University NWI and his Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University.
My legal experience has been in personal injury, family practice, juvenile and criminal law. My court practice includes the United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana, the United States District Court, the Southern District of Indiana, the Indiana State Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
I was legal counsel for the Lake County Assessor's Office, Special Counsel for the Indiana Department of Revenue, Corporate Counsel for the City of East Chicago, School Corporation Counsel for the River Forest Community School Corporation in Hobart, he served as Chairman of the Board and then Administrative Law Judge of the of the Indiana Workers' Compensation Board in Indianapolis.
Dominguez received Indiana's prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash from the Honorable Governor Evan Bayh in 1989. Governor Bayh also issued a Proclamation recognizing March 16,1990 as "Roy Dominguez Day". I received the "Swamp Rabbit" Environmental Achievement Award presented by the Indiana Division of the Izaak Walton League of America, Inc. in 2007.
I was the president of the Hispanic Organization Promoting Excellence (HOPE) which dedicates itself to mentoring and assisting young people to continue their quest for higher education.
Languages Spoken: Spanish, English
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|IN||Active In Good Standing||1982||08/30/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Police Officer of the Year||Indiana Council Against Domestic Violence||2008|
|Alumni of the Year, President's Award||I.U. Alumni Association||1996|
|Community Service Award||United Auto Workers - Region 3||1994|
|Community Service Award||Northwest Indiana District Carpenters Union||1991|
|Community Service Award||Puerto Rican Cultural Association of Northwest Indiana, Inc.||1990|
|Sagamore of the Wabash||Governor Evan Bayh||1989|
|Community Appreciation Award||Latino Historical Society I.U.||1988|
|Appreciation Award||Indiana University Northwest||N/A|
|Senior Legal Counsel||Family Christian World||2012 - Present|
|Sheriff||Lake County Sheriff's Office||2003 - 2011|
|Deputy Prosecutor||State Prosecutor's Office Of Lake County, Indiana||1982 - 1989|
|Trooper||Indiana State Police||1976 - 1979|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Family Christian Center||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|Workers Compensation Board of Indiana||Chairman||1989 - 1994|
|Indiana Roll of Attorneys||Member||1982 - Present|
|Lake County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Hispanic Organization Promoting Excellent (H.O.P.E)||Founding Member/President||N/A|
|Indiana State Trooper’s Association||Lifetime Member||N/A|
|AHEPA, Association of Greek Brotherhood, #78||Member||N/A|
|Philippine Professional Association of Northwest Indiana||Member||N/A|
|National Association for the Advancement of Colored People||Member||N/A|
|Urban League, Gary Branch||Member||N/A|
|Indiana Sheriffs' Association||Lifetime Member||N/A|
|Indiana University Press||Valor: The American Odyssey of Roy Dominguez||2012|
|Valparaiso University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|Indiana University-Northwest||Sociology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|